28 February 2018

february nue jays, leafs...and a good reason for a lack of posts

February was a light month for trading cards in this household. With just Topps flagship available in stores (for baseball products), there was no need to visit the stores and rip cards. With only Heritage out now in addition, the lack of urgency to rip has plateaued.

This is just the third post here this month. There's a good reason for that, but I'll get into it at the end.

With the Maple Leafs playing quite well this month, playing nine games without a regulation time loss, I decided to look out for an auto of one of the team's young stars, Kasperi Kapanen.

Turns out it wasn't too difficult:

This nice little gold auto from Fleer Showcase (the Fleer name was purchased by Upper Deck recently) hardly set me back much, which is surprising considering the love that the hobby gives the Maple Leafs. I also added an O-Pee-Chee auto on COMC from Kapanen, but we'll see that later on when it is finally in hand.

But that was it for Maple Leafs. That craving was easy to quell.

So on to some Blue Jays, and we'll start with an oldie but goodie:

This would have been a painful purchase back in 2008 when it first came out, but JPA is now retired and his card values have plummeted. This is great for me, as this orange refractor auto (/25!) was have for under $10. A complete steal.

The following cardboard, which was almost offensively thick and must be stored in a snapcase, was even less and also numbered under 100 at /99.

There's no reason that this needs to be the thickness of 15 cards by itself, but it is.

A new Lourdes Gurriel came in this month as well, this one being a monochrome refractor from 2017 Bowman's Best. It's one of the prettier autos I have.

Just today, another Bowman's Best auto came, this one for the minimum bid of $0.99:

Warmoth was Toronto's No. 1 draft pick in 2017, so anytime I can grab an auto of his for under $10, I am very pleased. This one is limited to /250.

With the writing on the wall this spring about the Blue Jays not extending Josh Donaldson's contract any time soon, I decided to cast away my previous apprehension for chasing his cards, and decided to add some for memories alone.

Somehow, I ended up with a pair of patches. The first coming from the stunning Topps Definitive Collection from a Mother's Day jersey (in theory):

And the second in a less pleasing to the eye design, but with an incredible patch featuring the Maple Leaf from the Blue Jays logo:

...and limited to just /10.

Now. On to the reason for the quiet here of late.

Around the turn of 2018, my fellow writers at Jays From the Couch decided to take on a little endeavor. We were going to write a book. And we did!

It took many late nights and headaches and an incredible amount of editing, fact-checking and sore typing muscles, but we did it. We finished about a week ago, and are pleased to announce that it will be released through Amazon TOMORROW!

If interested, you can purchase a copy here for less than the price of those Donaldson patches. What you see above it the paperback, available from Amazon.com. The digital ebook is available from both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

Hopefully, this means more time to write here, but we'll see how that goes. 


  1. Wow. Congratulations on publishing a book! Very cool.

    P.S. Sweet Donaldsons!

  2. Congrats on publishing your book, that's a "bucket list" accomplishment IMO. Best of luck with it!

    1. Thanks, Chris. PS I Added you to the blogroll.